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>> that's madness. >> maybe so, but it's not half as mad as the idea that brought us to this point. >> is there such a thing as a higher dimension, a parallel universe where otherworldly things can happen? ah. over the years, artists, writers, and filmmakers have tried to answer that question, creating some dazzling works of science fiction in the process. but are the higher dimensions we see in sci-fi really fiction? meet maggie, scientist by day and sci-fi fanatic by night. maggie's watching a 1950s film about scientists who invent a device that catapults them into the fourth dimension, where they can walk through walls and read minds. like the rest of us, maggie lives in a three-dimensional world. but she also appears to have an interest in alternate dimensions. in 1940, master sci-fi author robert heinlein wrote the short story "and he built a crooked house." in the story, our hero builds his home from an unfolded four-dimensional hypercube. when an earthquake strikes, the house folds up, creating the world's first four-dimensional house, where occupants can look down a hallway
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